If you have purchased a small farm or you are in a position where you have to replace an existing farm fence – don’t cut corners! This is especially true if you have livestock. Depending on the type of livestock or crops you may have, you need to have the right type of fence to protect them. Choosing the wrong type of fencing can make it easier for your animals to get out of their pasture or into your crops. Both scenarios can spell disaster in terms of liability and actual financial loss.
Not Your Average Fence
Farm fencing is built to be both sturdy and secure. Fencing that is designed to be used on a farm is manufactured to be incredibly strong. Part of this has to do with the possibility of damage caused by both farm implements and animals. Electric fencing carries enough of an electrical charge to warn animals against getting to close or leaning on the fence causing it to weaken and eventually break. More traditional types of fences are still made of wire but are designed so that the network of metal is strong and durable yet still allows for good visibility.
Built to be Durable
Large animals can be rough on farm fences. Even though you do everything to protect them, they will still try to get across the fence if they see something they want. Farm fences are designed to be extremely durable, yet at the same time, easy to repair. If a fence is damaged in any way, most types allow for easy repairs. Small or large, there are many access points where old pieces of fencing can be removed and new ones put in their place. It may take a little work but it can be done to make the fence just as durable as it was before the damage.
Know Your Animals
There are different types of farm fencing that are designed for different types of livestock. For example, chicken wire is a great option for small birds and animals but won’t stand a chance if you are trying to corral goats or a cow. Larger animals need a stronger fence that is able to withstand their weight if they lean on it. This type of fence must also be higher and use posts that are sturdy enough to withstand a great deal of pressure. When combined with an electrical fence, you can even contain large animals without a lot of extra support.
If you have any questions about what type of farm fencing best suits your purposes, give us a call [1-800-221-6425]. We can help you choose the right fence to protect your livestock and crops and reduce your risk of possible liability. The right fence is everything if you want to keep your farm functioning effectively.